(No matter what retraction Bala might make, damage has already been done. The contents of the first Statutory Declaration has already been imprinted in the minds of everyone and the retraction raises more questions than answers. It certainly does not help Najib at all.
Whats eating you, Bala??? You appear to be a man under perennial duress.
But you may rest with a peace of mind now that you and your family are no longer under the threat of being C4ed )
Private detective P Balasubramaniam today retracted his stunning statutory declaration which had linked Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
The said declaration also had claims that Najib had a sexual relationship with Altantuya and that he was the one who had introduced Altantuya to Abdul Razak Baginda.
Balasubramaniam said that he was forced to make the declaration under duress. At a press conference in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur this morning, he produced a new statutory declaration.
Missing from the new statutory declaration were all references to Najib.
This include Najib having an affair with Altantuya and that Najib was the person who allegedly introduced Abdul Razak to the Mongolian woman.
Also with the PI this morning was a new lawyer. His other lawyer, Americk Sidhu, who was with him yesterday was unaware of the latest development.
Anwar expected to call PC
Yesterday Balasubramaniam made shocking revelations that he had heard from Abdul Razak himself on the links between Najib and Altantuya.
But today he said that he wanted to withdraw the first statutory declaration filed on July 1 and replace it with the new one which he revealed today.
“I wish to retract the first declaration. I was compelled to affirm the July 1 declaration under duress,” he said. He however did not reveal who forced him to affirm the first declaration.
Balasubramaniam was hired by Abdul Razak to deal with Altantuya in 2006 when she started ‘harassing’ the former head of think-tank and a close confidant of Najib.
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is expected to call a press conference on this latest twist to the issue.
NST ONLINE REPORT BELOW:
KUALA LUMPUR, Fri.:
Private investigator P.Balasubramaniam today retracted all statements that he had made about Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s alleged involvement with Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu in his statutory declaration dated July 1.
“I wish to retract the entire contents of my statuutory declaration dated July 1 2008. I was compelled to affirm the said statutory declaration under duress,” he said in his new statutory declaration dated today.
Speaking through his lawyer M. Arulampalam, Balasubramaniam told reporters that the statements contained in his previous statutory declaration was inaccurate and not the truth.
The new statutory declaration states: “I wish to expressly state that at no material time did (Abdul) Razak (Abdullah) Baginda inform me that he was introduced to Altantuya Shaaribu by a VIP and at no material time did Razak Baginda inform me that Datuk Seri Najib had a sexual relationship with Altantuya Shaaribu and that she was susceptible to anal intercourse.
“At no material time did Razak Baginda inform me that Datuk Seri Najib instructed Razak Baginda to look after Altantuya Shaaribu as he did not want her to harass him since he was the Deputy Prime Minister.”